Itinerary, Tour SM-09
Day 01 Arrival
Arrive at Bole International Airport. An Awaze Tours representative will meet you and take you to your hotel.
Overnight Hotel - Addis Ababa
Day 02 Addis Ababa - Gondar - Simien Mountains National Park
Fly to Gondar from Addis Ababa on Ethiopian Airline. Meet with vehicles and drive to Sankabar, gateway to the Simien Mountains National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Sankabar is at an elevation of 3,250 meters.
Day 03 Trekking Simien Mountains National Park
Trek Sankaber - Geech (3,600m elevation) which will take between 5-7 hours. After one and half hours, see the Jinnbar River and falls which you will cross later in the day. After crossing the river, ascend for about 2 hours to Geech. The scenery is wonderful and a herd of Gelada Baboons can be seen on the journey.
Day 04 Trekking Simien Mountains National Park
Trek Geech - Imet Gogo- Geech. Trek to some of the best view points in the National Park. Imet Gogo boasts spectacular views in every direction. Possible wildlife sightings on this 4 -5 hour trek include the Simien Wolf, the Walia Ibex, and Klipspringers.
Day 05 Trekking Simien Mountains National Park
Trek Geech - Chenek (3,620m elevation); trek along the 4,000 meter breathtaking Enatye escarpment before descending to Chenek. Walia Ibex and Gelada Baboons are routinely spotted.
Day 06 Trekking Simien Mountains National Park
Trek to Ambiquo campsite (3,200m) approximately 9 hours via Mt. Buhit (4,430m); cross the Mesheha River before reaching Ambiquo.
Day 07 Trekking Simien Mountains National Park
Trek Ambiquo - Ras Dashen - Ambiquo; early morning departure to the summit of Ras Dashen, at 4,543 meters, Africa’s fourth highest peak. Trek up the Valley from your campsite to the small village of Mizma. From here, a steep climb brings you to an impressive amphitheater made up of three major buttresses of expanded rock. It is then an easy scramble to the summit. To reach the Summit can take up to 6 hrs.
Day 08 Trekking Simien Mountains National Park
Trek Ambiquo - Chenek; return to Chenek, bypassing Mt. Buhit on the return.
Day 09 Simien Mountains National Park - Gondar
Meet with vehicles and return to Gondar.
Overnight Hotel - Gondar
Day 10 Gondar - Addis Ababa
Fly to Addis Ababa on Ethiopian Airlines. Visit the National Museum, home of the 3.18 million year old skeleton "Lucy." Optional souvenir shopping in the afternoon. Farewell dinner at a traditional Ethiopian restaurant featuring dancers and musicians representing some of the country's many ethnic groups. Transfer to airport for late night departure if needed.
- For arrivals before the tour begins or for later departures, additional hotel bookings can be made upon request.